Originally Posted by DB2
Sometimes these manufacturers talk out of both sides of their mouth. The big hook for getting people into Blu-Ray is, "the best video and audio quality, 6x better than dvd!" Then they turn around and want us to stream sub par content from our blu-ray player?? I don't get it.
I don't see why it's confusing. American consumers have almost always valued convenience over quality (see also: cassette tapes, MP3s).
Manufacturers have been flogging blu-ray for the picture/sound quality for years and it hasn't caught on. It's just not that big a draw for the majority of consumers (originally, I think, Sony et al thought that SD-DVDs would look so crappy on HDTVs that the blu-ray players would sell themselves, even at premium prices, but that obviously didn't happen).
So now, they're looking at what most people actually seem to want, which is convenience. So that's what they're giving them.
Why buy a streaming-enabled blu-ray player if you primarily want to stream? Why not buy a Ruko box? Again, convenience. The BR player allows you to play standard DVDs, CDs and streaming content from a single box (in addition to blu-ray discs) and it's less intimidating to the average non-techie than the idea of plugging in a new "black box" to their TV.